About Us

The Waupaca Historical Society, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, was formed in 1953 to preserve the history of the Waupaca and Chain O'Lakes area. The Waupaca Historical Society owns and operates four buildings: the Holly History and Genealogy Center located in the former library at 321 S. Main St.; the Hutchinson House Museum and the King Cottage, both located in South Park; and the Waupaca Railroad Depot at 525 Oak Street.

New members and volunteers are always welcome! Contact Tracy Behrendt, Director, at (715) 256-9980 or director@waupacahistoricalsociety.org.


The mission of the Waupaca Historical Society is to preserve, advance and disseminate knowledge of the history of the Waupaca area.


WHS Board of Directors:  Dennis Lear, President; Mike Kirk, Vice President; Betty Stewart, Secretary; Ashlie Buck, Treasurer; Ron Arthur, Tim Drake, Brian Godfrey, Kent Pegorsch, Nancy Weasner, Jeff Weasner, Marge Writt and Lori Chesnut (City Council Representative)


Staff: Tracy Behrendt, Director